Magazine October 3, 2011, Issue

The Missing Man

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels at C-PAC in 2011 (Jonathan Ernst / Reuters)
Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans, by Mitch Daniels (Sentinel, 252 pp., $26.95)

One of the most striking moments in this excellent book arrives on page 15, when Mitch Daniels notes that, in the early days of the American republic, currency often bore the Latin inscription Exitus in dubio est: “The outcome is in doubt.” The detail is telling for two reasons. It shows how the Founders were immersed in a classical culture to which most contemporary Americans pay absolutely no attention. And it proves that the founding generation did not believe their experiment in self-government was a sure shot.

The infant nation was threatened. For America to survive, it would have to avoid

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